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Ukraine and Poland sign agreement cooperation in archives sector

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News / 3 August 2009 | 17:40

Ukraine and Poland sign agreement cooperation in archives sector

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko and President of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance Janusz Kurtyka have signed an agreement on cooperation in the archives sector, ForUm informs, referring to UkrInform.

Nalyvaichenko said that the document was the next step in implementing the Ukrainian president’s decree on declassifying and studying archival documents related to the Ukrainian liberation movement, political repressions and famines in Ukraine.

The sides said that the creation of a book entitled “Poland and Ukraine in the 1930s-1940s. Unknown Documents from the Archives of Special Services” had become the result of long-standing cooperation between the SBU and the Institute of National Remembrance.

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Yatseniuk: Without revival of public health system Ukrainians will have no future

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News / 3 August 2009 | 17:07

Yatseniuk: Without revival of public health system Ukrainians will have no future

The Front for Change public initiative leader, Arseniy Yatseniuk, has said that the issue of the physical survival of Ukrainians is currently on the agenda, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“The average life expectancy in Ukraine has fallen by ten years and continues falling! If we don’t manage to revive the public health system, our people will have no future,” Yatseniuk said in an interview with the Fakty (Facts) newspaper, the Front for Change’s press service said on Monday.

The politician said that the Soviet system of health care had many shortcomings but it was efficient and the quality of its services was higher than that in other developed countries.

“We have to revive all this. But we should rather focus on returning to leading positions instead of copying Soviet patterns,” Yatseniuk said.

He stressed that reforms conducted in recent years had led Ukraine’s health system to bankruptcy. Over the years of so-called reforms, the budget of Ukraine’s healthcare system has dropped by seven times, Yatseniuk said.

“Gifts and so-called grease payments from patients are somehow supporting the functioning of domestic medicine, [and] at least this motivates doctors to go to work,” the politician said.

Apart from salaries to medical personnel, the healthcare system has other problems, Yatseniuk said adding that Ukraine also needs medical equipment, housing for hospital workers and an effective disease prevention system.

“According to him, to restore the healthcare system in Ukraine will require not only the Soviet experience, but also a contemporary approach to healthcare management. He said that Canada should be seen as an example.

“Apart from the fact that medical assistance is free and affordable to all citizens of the country, a comprehensive approach to the population’s health is taken in Canada. An analysis of tendencies in all kinds of diseases is conducted at the level of each province, and solutions for preventing these diseases are proposed,” Yatseniuk said.

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OU-PSD officials sure Ukraine will be NATO member

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News / 3 August 2009 | 16:00

OU-PSD officials sure Ukraine will be NATO member

The officials of the Our Ukraine-People’s Self Defense Bloc have called the stance of the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen “predictable,” while the Regions Party expect the new president to support a non-bloc status for Ukraine.

As reported, when asked whether Ukraine and Georgia remain “real candidates,” Rasmussen said: “My position is the same as the one taken by the NATO allies. Let me remind you that during the Bucharest summit, we decided unanimously that Georgia and Ukraine could become NATO members in future when they achieve the necessary criteria. At this stage, they have not achieved the necessary criteria. Here and now, this is a hypothetical question.”

Commenting on this statement, member of the MP group “For Ukraine,” MP Andriy Parubiy (OU-PSD) told Interfax-Ukraine: “Members of the alliance have already made a clear and understandable statement that they see Ukraine as a member of NATO, but they are concerned about political instability in Ukraine and… there is no majority of NATO proponents among the Ukrainians.”

According to the MP, the NATO officials believe that the government should initiate a campaign explaining the advantages of membership of the alliance to the public. He added that most European states had to go through this process before entering NATO.

On the other hand, MP Vadym Kolesnichenko (Regions Party) told the agency that “the foreign pseudo-investors should not decide the foreign policy of Ukraine.”

According to him, the foreign political course of the country will be set after the presidential election (scheduled for January 17, 2010).

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Rasmussen has the delicate task of managing expectations in Ukraine and Georgia

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News / 3 August 2009 | 14:22

Rasmussen has the delicate task of managing expectations in Ukraine and Georgia

Rasmussen has the delicate task of managing expectations in Ukraine and Georgia

BRUSSELS, Aug 3 (Reuters) – NATO will pursue its drive for a strategic partnership with Russia, but Moscow must respect the sovereignty and integrity of its neighbours, the new head of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said on Monday.

Rasmussen 56, who took over on Saturday as secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, faces many challenges but none more daunting than finding a winning strategy for the war in Afghanistan and improving relations with its former Cold War foe Russia.

The former Danish prime minister also has the delicate task of managing expectations in Ukraine and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have been promised eventual NATO membership despite Moscow’s resistance.

Rasmussen said the 28-member alliance and Russia had common goals in the key areas of counter-terrorism, Afghanistan, disarmament and non-proliferation.

The situation in Afghanistan will require a comprehensive approach involving both military and civilian efforts to stabilise the country, he said in an interview with Reuters.

He has to persuade reluctant European allies to commit more troops, money and other resources to Afghanistan, where opinion polls have shown popular support for the war waning in Europe as casualties increase among NATO forces.

“First of all we have to make sure that the security situation improves, but obviously there’s no military solution solely,” Rasmussen said.

“We need to reinforce the interaction between our military efforts and civilian reconstruction. So the comprehensive approach will be one of my focal areas,” he said.

On relations with Russia, “I think we should develop practical cooperation … while of course insisting on Russian compliance with her international obligations including respect of the sovereignty and integrity of her neighbours,” Rasmussen said.

NATO’s relations with Russia were damaged by the five-day Russia-Georgia war last year.

Rasmussen will try to repair this damage, mindful also of the need to cooperate with Russia on global security issues.

The alliance has put the subject of Georgian and Ukrainian NATO membership on the back burner in the interest of getting relations with Moscow back on track, but says membership remains open to countries that meet NATO standards.

“My goal is to develop a true strategic partnership with Russia, while of course realising that there might be differences in our positions in a number of areas,” Rasmussen said.

He said he would elaborate on his plans at a news conference later in the day.
 
Source: France 24

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President vetoes state budget amendments on financing Euro 2012 objects

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News / 3 August 2009 | 13:57

President vetoes state budget amendments on financing Euro 2012 objects

Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko has vetoed amendments to the law on the state budget obliging the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) to transfer UAH 9.8 billion to the state budget to finance the construction of objects ahead of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship, according to Kyiv Post.

“The Ukrainian president used his right to veto the law on introducing amendments to the state budget, according to which the NBU should send UAH 9.8 billion as an advance payment to the state budget. The law envisaged that these funds would be used to finance Euro 2012 objects,” the chairman of the Presidential Secretariat’s main service for social and economic development, Roman Zhukovsky, told reporters in Kyiv on Monday.

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Yanukovych: government causing country to split by interfering in church affairs

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News / 3 August 2009 | 12:47

Yanukovych: government causing country to split by interfering in church affairs

Regions Party leader Viktor Yanukovych has said that the government’s interference in church affairs is unacceptable, ForUm informs, referring to Kyiv Post.

“The current government is unacceptably interfering in the affairs of the church, politicizing church affairs, and is trying to tell believers in which church they should pray. In doing so, the government is causing a split in the country,” the party’s press service quoted Yanukovych as saying on Monday.

“We need calmness, peace and dialogue in the country. We should build the future of our state on this basis,” he said.

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President and PM congratulated Ukraine on winning UEFA European Under-19 Championship

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News / 3 August 2009 | 12:00

President and PM congratulated Ukraine on winning UEFA European Under-19 Championship

President Viktor Yushchenko has congratulated Ukraine’s junior football team on winning the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, his press secretary Iryna Vannykova has told Interfax-Ukraine.

“The President congratulated the junior football team on their victory and wished young sportsmen success, good health, valor and sporting achievements,” she said.
 
In turn Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also has congratulated the footballers of Ukraine’s junior team on winning the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

“Together with the entire football [country of] Ukraine, I shouted ‘well played!’ What you did today [on August 2] is unbelievable,” the government’s press service quoted her as saying.

“You gained a confident, easy and brilliant victory in the final, and you beat not just anybody, you beat the founders of football – a strong and stern English team,” reads the letter of congratulation.

“You did it for the first time in the history of Ukrainian football. You’ve become European champions. You are the team of young and brave, active and courageous, strong and skilful [footballers] – the team of Yuriy Kalitvintsev who brought you to the highest stage and made you the best,” reads the letter of congratulation.

“You showed a great example to your elder colleagues, the national team, who are currently preparing to meet England in the World Cup qualifying round in October,” Tymoshenko said.

As reported, Ukraine won the UEFA European Under-19 Championship after beating England 2-0 in the final match in Donetsk on Sunday, August 2.

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Kravchuk urges against economic sabotage in Ukraine

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News / 3 August 2009 | 11:31

Kravchuk urges against economic sabotage in Ukraine

Ukraine’s first president Leonid Kravchuk (1991-1994) is calling on the incumbent president, Viktor Yushchenko, and all of the presidential candidates not to resort to destabilization of the currency and financial market, UkrInform reported.

In his words, the new decline of the hryvnia poses a threat to economic stabilization of the past few months.

The government’s anti-crisis efforts, in the ex-president’s words, yielded a certain result, and social benefits are paid stably today.

Kravchuk noted that, according to experts, there are no grounds for the national currency fall now.

At the same time, he said, the hryvnia is falling again, which owes mostly to political reasons.

“This phenomenon has the author, but I will not call a concrete name. Because there is a man who must put things into order in this country – Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko,” he said.

Kravchuk noted that the President has all levers to stop speculations in the currency market. “I will never believe that the President does not know who is the author of this disorder,” he said.

The first president says the central bank management must demand that neither the head of state, nor the government or any other officials claiming the presidency would interfere with the National Bank’s policy in any way during the presidential election campaign.

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